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so close to amazing

This is a book for anyone who has ever mismatched her shoes or trimmed her own bangs when a professional might have been a better choice or added too much soap to the washer and watched it overflow.

(Not that KariAnne Wood has ever done any of these things.)

 So Close to Amazing is a collection of hilarious and heartfelt reflections on getting it almost right — •and how, instead of giving up, we can choose to simply embrace our real selves right where we are. It’s a story of transparency and honesty and recognizing that perfection is completely overemphasized and overrated. It’s about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. Because when you find joy in the “you” God created you to be, you’ll discover the amazing that was there all along.

Contains beautiful DIY project ideas anyone can do, whether you’re Pinterest perfect or craft challenged—homemade signs, centerpieces, recipe walls, and more!

So Close to Amazing was a fun book to read…..a really fun book to read. I loved the style it was written in, and was easily drawn into the pages. I enjoyed the glimpse into the life of a less-than-perfect person (aren’t we all?) and the honesty and rawness of some of the incidents. There were times I was laughing, times I was blinking back tears, times I was sighing in satisfaction.

“The rest of the journey is as yet unwritten.
See, that’s the thing about God.
He is mighty. He is sovereign. His ways are not our own.
The plans He makes for us and the paths He directs us down
are often closer to amazing than we can ever think or imagine.
And I know that I know that I know
that God isn’t finished with our family yet.

So many times, I picture an idyllic life on a farm, where you have a white picket fence, a made-from-scratch meal just waiting to be consumed, a perfectly clean house, and you are ale to sit out on the big, wrap around front porch watching the children play with a glass of lemonade. Or sweet tea. Or coffee…..just whatever you please. I have heard and read blogs about such homes — but this book shows you an old farmhouse. A green pasture, flowers galore, sweet tea and lemonade, a porch…..but it also shows you a realistic view of life, in general. A life where you can be content, no matter the circumstances, where the messes and mistakes are embraced and learned from, where you can mess up and ask forgiveness, while creating a beautiful atmosphere to live in. To breathe in.

Seriously, y’all — this book was a breath of fresh air =)

I would absolutely recommend this book to others, wholeheartedly and without reservation =)

*I recieved a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review on my blog.
I was not required to enjoy this book, only to be honest.*

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I am a 22 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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